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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    My name is pronounced /paɪsiːən/ (Pie-see-un), not, as I was once addressed, /pɪskiːn/ (piss-keen).
    That sounds pretty fishy to me.

    Since we are now talking about our handles please allow me to explain why I chose Probus. He was one of the late Roman emperors. Unlike his predecessors and successors, who were corrupt or debauched or both, Probus took the job of emperor seriously and tried to do it well.

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Since we are now talking about our handles please allow me to explain why I chose Probus. He was one of the late Roman emperors. Unlike his predecessors and successors, who were corrupt or debauched or both, Probus took the job of emperor seriously and tried to do it well.
    Et tu Probus! Beware of disgruntled members of the forum! You, too, may suffer the same tragic end that the original Probus experienced in year 282!

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    That sounds pretty fishy to me.

    Since we are now talking about our handles please allow me to explain why I chose Probus. He was one of the late Roman emperors. Unlike his predecessors and successors, who were corrupt or debauched or both, Probus took the job of emperor seriously and tried to do it well.
    And a big supporter of mass transit.
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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It reminds me of the story about Yehudi Menuhin.
    That reminds me of somebody praising a good violinist (stop me if I've told you this before). He said 'He plays the violin like Yehumi ... Mehudi ... Yedumi ... Nigel Kennedy'.
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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    I see how native English-speakers want to pronounce it 'by-o', because that's how the prefix bio (as in bio-engineering, etc.) is pronounced in English. In German, however, bio is pronounced 'bee-o'.

    I wonder if the founder of the company ever anticipated this issue when thinking of a name.

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I see how native English-speakers want to pronounce it 'by-o', because that's how the prefix bio (as in bio-engineering, etc.) is pronounced in English. In German, however, bio is pronounced 'bee-o'.

    I wonder if the founder of the company ever anticipated this issue when thinking of a name.
    I doubt it. Any more than a BrE/AmE speaker naming their company Bio-xxxxx would wonder "Oh, how are they going to say that in Germany/France/Spain etc?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Or that Chevrolet executives never considered what Mexicans and other Hispanophones would think of a car called a Nova. ("No va" means "doesn't go" in Spanish.)
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Plenty more amusing ones HERE. (Warning: contains some profanity.)
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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Or that Chevrolet executives never considered what Mexicans and other Hispanophones would think of a car called a Nova. ("No va" means "doesn't go" in Spanish.)
    If I recall correctly, GM actually rolled out the Chevy Nova in Mexico and were puzzled at first by the disappointing sales numbers. But that may be an embellishment of the actual story.

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    Re: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    If I recall correctly, GM actually rolled out the Chevy Nova in Mexico and were puzzled at first by the disappointing sales numbers. But that may be an embellishment of the actual story.
    Here is some additional context for the Chevy Nova legend.

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